SEAFOOD. SIMPLE. SUBLIME.
Things to do on Tasmania’s east coast.
Expect long beaches, lobster shacks and boutique wineries along the Great Eastern Drive.
Great Eastern Drive
Discover almost a dozen vineyards and cellar doors on the Great Eastern Drive. Stop for a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir, and fill the hamper with tasty local produce sourced along the way.
From the quaint to the spectacular, you’ll uncover award-winning wineries whipped by salty seabreezes on the east coast. Don’t miss the pinots at Devil’s Corner, overlooking The Hazards at Apslawn. Team a wine tasting with a wood-fired pizza, or indulge in a seafood platter with a glass of sparkling on the grass. At Cranbrook, the family-owned Spring Vale Vineyard has a cellar door housed in a convict-built stable. Absorb its history during a tasting, and don’t miss the vineyard’s gin, ‘The Splendid’.
A car-free national park, Maria Island is a geological wonder teeming with wildlife. It’s also rich in indigenous and colonial history. Take the ferry from Triabunna, then wander the ruins of Darlington, a convict penitentiary. Hire a bike or come prepared to hike further afield. For the ultimate immersion in this unique environment, consider the unforgettable four-day Maria Island guided walk. On the island, take the 'Maria Island Pledge' to keep our wombats wild, and pack drinking water to conserve critically low water resources, resulting from an unseasonably dry winter.
Jason Charles Hill
Wild and sublime, the Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks and a favourite among travellers. Book a Freycinet Air Charter for breathtaking aerial views of its mountains, beaches and islands. Admire the spectacular granite of the Hazards and gaze over Honeymoon Bay, a quiet swimming spot. Take time out at Friendly Beaches, with white sands stretching for almost 10 kilometres from the northern end of Freycinet National Park. Walk into Wineglass Bay via the Hazard Circuit Track - allowing you to experience the world-famous beach while avoiding the summer crowds.
Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
There’s no need to explore on an empty stomach. Wherever you are on this coastline, there’s bound to be just-caught seafood on the menu. At The Lobster Shack in Bicheno, you’ll never forget your first taste of fresh Tasmanian southern rock lobster. Think of it as an ocean farm-gate, where you can eat inside, outside or take away. Oyster lovers, meanwhile, stop for their fix at Melshell Oyster Shack, a little blue caravan at Dolphin Sands selling oysters farmed using traditional methods.
After-dark devil encounters
Tourism Tasmania & Mark Eveleigh.
If you’re in the Tassie wilderness after dark, you may hear the sounds of Tasmanian devils but you’re unlikely to see them. Devils in the Dark is an experiential tour based near Bicheno that offers a rare opportunity to observe the carnivorous creatures feeding at night. Established by a wildlife expert on private property, the tours help fund a breeding program that is creating an ‘insurance population’ of this endangered species.
Pirie Bath Photography
Novice and experienced kayakers can paddle quiet waters lined with shacks and marshlands at Georges Bay in St Helens. Those seeking a challenge and access to lesser-known spots by kayak can paddle a personalised itinerary by Secret River Tours.
larapuna / Bay of Fires
Extending from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north, larapuna / Bay of Fires Conservation Area is a striking landscape of white sand, turquoise water and granite boulders coloured by bright orange lichen. Between Binalong Bay and The Gardens, where emerald green pastures sit above the white sand, is a 13-kilometre stretch of glorious beach with areas for camping and spots for motorhomes. Experience the ancient culture and landscape of larapuna / Bay of Fires and wukalina / Mount William from a unique palawa perspective on the Wukalina Walk, a four-day guided walk that is Aboriginal owned and operated.
For the diary
Upcoming events on the east coast include:
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